Saddam Hussein and French Mirage fighters once the Soviet Union's MiG aircraft, including 40,000 officers and 1,000 most powerful in the Middle East with a orders airforces.
Now the ability to deal with three Cessna propeller planes armed with Hellfire missiles largely false.
In an Islamic insurgency and regional balance to ease crisis action, Iraq said on Monday that a multibillion dollar purchase of 18 Lockheed Martin F 16s warplanes had signed a contract.
But his delivery is several years away, and both U.S. and Iraqi officials say Iraq needs to control its air space would help.
U.S. Brigadier General Tony Rock, who helped rebuild Iraq's air force said: "They tell you, as, in the (air defense), their number one priority when the deficiencies To get away, ".
"When we leave here. ... () F 16 fighter to play as multiple air intercept capability will not."
After eight years of Iraq toppled Saddam Hussein two air units, Air Force and Army Aviation Command, 158 helicopters, planes, including about 7,500 U.S. personnel, including the data used. The 650,000 strong Iraqi army and security forces is just 1 percent.